Free Delay Plugins
Check out these powerful & versatile delay plugins that you can try out for your mixes and sound design. And they're absolutely free.
Drop a comment below on which one you like best.
MIDI Controller made from takeaway food container!
What should we call this?
A fun little project making a MIDI Controller made using a takeaway food container, placing some buttons and knobs in an ergonomic manner (major scope for improvement there lol).
This is powered by an Arduino board running into Ableton Live to trigger a native Drum Rack instrument.
Spicing up your sounds with Wavetable's Oscillator Effects
In today’s lesson, we’ll be looking at the effects modes hidden in plain sight within the Wavetable’s oscillator section, as well as some ways to get creative with them!
A wavetable is a powerful tool as it is, simply because of the ability to switch the wave position smoothly across our note(s). We also can’t discount the flexible modulation section, which allows for any kind of movement that can strike our imagination.
Check out the below video to see how we can take the sound design with wavetable to another level by further manipulating our waveforms using the oscillator effect section.
Here’s a small exercise you can try!
Good idea to stick to simple waveforms (Basic waves preset that we get by default) to get familiar with these effects.
So try this out in your music and let us know which of the effect modes you liked the most and why.
Stories Through Music - Akrti
Akrti is a singer, producer and educator based out of Bangalore. Her music has been featured by Krunk and Consolidate among others.
Akrti grew up in a household where music thrived. Her Grandmother played the Veena; and also conducted classes for students at home. She often encouraged Akrti to sing and perform whenever there was an opportunity.
Thanks to the internet, she came across a wide array of music and also figured out basic recording and editing on a DAW. Artists like Sigur Rós, inspired her to incorporate ‘found sound’ sampling ideas in her music making. Akrti went on to learn Production and Audio Engineering formally and has been actively producing, performing and collaborating within the independent music circuit.
She has performed live sets at various venues including experimental art spaces. She also regularly collaborates with dancers and movement artists, creating music and sound design for live theater performances.
Check out some of her releases here.
As part of Krunk Kultures compilation ‘Thandai- Flavors Of The East’
Her Track ‘Leste’ Released via Consolidate Records.
Akrti makes music with DAWs like Ableton Live, armed with her Sm58, telecaster and controllers like Maschine Mk2, APC 40. She also uses her phone to record interesting samples that she comes across .
Her teaching has involved direct classes and private mentoring of students in vocals as well as music production. “Teaching has been a continuous learning process for me. I like the feeling of helping someone achieve their goal, or introducing them to a world they would enjoy exploring.”
On our platform, Akrti will be doing a live masterclass on songwriting in Ableton Live. In this Masterclass, Akrti will help you gain fundamental understanding of the production process as you write a song. “ Songwriting is all about having a vision or a story, and using the [production] tools to communicate that vision effectively. ” This course is designed for songwriters who have limited production knowledge, as well as producers or beatmakers who want to build up their songwriting skills. It’s perfectly alright if participants are not yet good at writing lyrics on their own.
In regard to the learning platform, Akrti says “ I really appreciate how structured and focused the platform is. Dawn is incredibly supportive and encouraging. The inclusiveness of community is super important for art to thrive. This platform feels like a great way to interact and collaborate with other like minded producers. This in turn helps you stay motivated, and find your own niche community. ”
We’re excited to have Akrti onboard! Check out the link below for registration and other details about her upcoming Masterclasses.
How do you know if your track is finished?
Whether you're a beginner or a pro producer, finishing music is something we all struggle with at any given point.
We've compiled a checklist of few simple things you can do every time you're finishing a track. Try these out the next time you're wondering and drop a comment below to let us know if these helped you.